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The Rainbow Fish Marcus Pfister Activity One – Vocabulary Introduction Targeted Skill(s): Vocabulary development Instructions: Prior to reading the story, pre-teach the vocabulary terms that are essential to comprehension of the story. Suggested vocabulary terms to be pre-taught are listed below. Write the vocabulary term on a large piece of paper, demonstrate the sign for the vocabulary term, and use the illustrations from the book to provide visual aides. Request that the children sign the vocabulary term with you. Vocabulary Terms: ordinary

scales

sparkling

amazed

glide

proud

shimmer

shocked

dazzling

admire

loneliest

wise

glare

emerged

advice

glittering

discover

disappeared

wavered

peculiar

whizzed

prized possession

Materials:

List of vocabulary terms Large piece of paper Marker Photographs of each sign (attached)


Activity Two – Librarian May I…? Targeted Skil(s): Phonological awareness (syllable identification) Instructions: Use masking tape to tape the two “start” and two “finish” lines to the floor. Tape each set of footprints to the floor creating a trail from the start to the finish lines. Prior to beginning the activity, list the four steps in identifying the number of syllables on a large sheet of paper. Use the word, “rainbow,” to provide an example.

Count the vowels in the word. Subtract the silent vowels. When two vowels are side by side, subtract one vowel. The number of vowels you see is equal to the number of syllables in the word! Divide the children into two teams and request that each team create a line behind the start line. Position yourself on the opposite side between the two “finish” lines. Cut out the words listed on the Librarian May I…? Sheet. Provide each child with a separate word from the Librarian May I…? Sheet. Each child should identify the number of syllables within the word by stating, “librarian may I take __ (number of syllables within the word) steps forward?” If the child correctly identifies the number of syllables, allow him/her to take the same number of steps forward. If the child incorrectly identifies the number of syllables, encourage the other children to assist in identifying the correct number of syllables and allow the child to take one step forward. Continue the activity until each child has stepped from the “start” to the “finish” line. Materials:

Masking Tape Two “Start” Lines Two “Finish” Lines Two Sets of Footprints Librarian May I…? Word Sheets


Activity Three – Rhyming Fish Targeted Skill(s): Phonological awareness (rhyming) Instructions: Distribute one fish template and one piece of foil to each child. Allow the children to color and cut out the fish. Inform the children that they must give their shiny scale (piece of foil) to their rhyming pair, the child who has the fish containing the word that rhymes with the word on their fish. For example, the child who received the fish with the printed word “shiny” should locate the child who received the fish with the printed word “tiny” and offer his/her shiny scale. Once the children have found their rhyming pair, assist them in gluing their shiny scales to their fish. When all children have found their rhyming pairs, request that each pair take turns lifting their shiny scales and revealing the rhyming pairs. Lead a discussion on whether or not the pair of words rhyme and strategies the children used to identify their rhyming pair (i.e. the words look/sound the same in the middle and end). Materials:

Fish Templates Foil (pre-cut into half circles) Scissors Crayons, colored pencils, or markers Glue


Vocabulary Term

Definition • •

regular not special

Description of the Sign • • •

ordinary

a thin, flat, plate covering a fish

scales

to shine

• •

sparkling/shimmer/ glitter

begin with both hands in the fist position point the index fingers outward place one fist on top of the other repetitively brush the top fist toward the opposite side of the body

touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the index finger, creating a circle lift the middle, ring, and pinky fingers upward place the circle created by the hand in various spots on the side of the stomach

bend the middle finger inward toward the palm touch the shoulder with the bent middle finger shake the finger while drawing it away from the shoulder


to be overwhelmed with surprise

amaze

to slide

• •

glide

• •

proud

feeling of happiness respect

• •

begin with the hands in the fist position on the sides of the head wiggle the fingers as the hands move toward the middle of the body; end with both hands in the fist position on top of each other

squeeze the fingers and thumb together position the palm toward the body in front of the torso move the hand from one side of the body to the other

elevate the thumb and place on the lower torso remaining in contact with the torso, slowly raise the thumb up to the chest


to be surprised

• •

touch the corner of the eye with the index finger with the fingers bent slightly and the palms facing downward, depress the hands in front of the body

shock

• •

spectacular wonderful

• • •

spread the fingers of one hand apart place the thumb on the middle of the chest rapidly wiggle the fingers

dazzling

to appreciate and cherish someone or something

• •

admire

stretch the index and middle fingers of both hands outward turn the hands toward one side move the hands outward in a circular motion


• •

alone without company

• •

stretch the index finger of one hand outward with the index finger pointing up, touch the tip of the finger to the lip move the finger outward in a circular motion

lonely

• •

very intelligent smart

• • •

wise

a very bright light

• •

glare

slightly bend the index finger of one hand turn the hand toward the side touch the side of the hand to the forehead bend the wrist forward and backward once

using the index finger, point to each eye touch the tips of the fingers of both hands to the tips of the thumbs touch the inner sides of the hands together while spreading the fingers, move the hands upward and outward


to appear

emerge

an opinion or recommendation

• •

advice

• •

to notice to realize

discover •

turn the palm of one hand downward in front of the torso underneath the palm, point the index finger of the opposite hand upward raise the index finger and insert through a space between the fingers of the opposite hand

place the palm of one hand downward in front of the body place the opposite hand on top move the top hand outward while spreading the fingers

touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the index finger spread the index, middle, and ring fingers outward position the hand with the palm facing downward elevate the hand


to vanish from sight

disappear

to think about

• •

• •

waver

strange

• • •

peculiar

turn the palm of one hand downward in front of the torso place the index finger of the opposite hand upward through a space between the fingers depress the index finger

point the index finger move the finger in a circular pattern toward the forehead position both palms upward alternatively elevate and depress the palms

squeeze the fingers of one hand together bend the fingers to form the “C” handshape position the side of the hand in front of the forehead bend the wrist foreward and backward


• •

to move to rush by quickly

• •

whizzed

• •

prized possession

a treasured, important, or meaningful object

• • •

• •

begin with both hands in the fist position in front of the torso flick both thumbs upward squeeze the thumb and fingers together position the palm facing inward toward the torso rapidly move the palm from one side of the body to the other

slightly bend the thumb and fingers of one hand turn the palm inward while bending the fingers inward to form a fist, place the fist on the chin touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the index finger, creating a circle lift the index, middle, and ring fingers upward place the circle created by the hand in various spots on the side of the stomach


1. ordinary

2. scales

3. sparkling/shimmer/glittering


4. amazed

5. glide

6. proud


7. shocked

8. dazzling

9. admire


10. loneliest

11. wise

12. glare


13. emerged

14. advice

15. discover


16. disappeared

17. wavered

18. peculiar


19. whizzed

20. prized possession


START


Librarian May I‌? deep

blue

see

fish

ordinary

beautiful

ocean

scales

shade

green

purple

sparkling


Librarian May I‌? silver

amazed

rainbow

play

glide

proud

silent

shimmer

wonderful

special

shocked

upset


Librarian May I‌? friends

dazzling

admire

loneliest

troubles

starfish

octopus

darkness

glittering

discover

happy

cloud


Librarian May I‌? disappear

fin

angry

playfully

peculiar

whizzed

flashing

surrounded

delighted

possessions

splash

many


admire


advice


beef


bet


blend


block


blue


brave


care


cave


cloud


clue


coin


dare


dark


daughter


dazzle


delight


dish


fade


fin


fire


fish


friend


gave


glare


glide


glimmer


glitter


green


happy


ink


jam


join


lay


litter


lonely


mice


only


pale


play


possession


proud


rainbow


razzle


reef


rim


rise


scale


screen


sea


session


shade


share


shark


shimmer


shiny


shock


sink

Sign Language and Literacy Activities for Rainbow Fish  

Describes and demonstrates the signs neccessary for the book Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. Also includes three literacy activities for the...

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